Food Network Star Exit Interview: Josh Lyons

Food Network Star Josh LyonsJosh Lyons, 42 (Jupiter, Fla.), has an affinity for food, music and entertaining. After spending years in a rock band and working in restaurants, Josh decided to go to culinary school and loved every minute of it. He is an experienced sushi chef and restaurant consultant, with an expertise in creating unexpected Asian fusion dishes. This multi-talented chef still writes and performs with his band and also has a passion for photography.

Josh  was the first member of Team Giada to say goodbye.  Some may argue that it happened three weeks too late.  Josh didn’t have the best of runs on FNS this year but in light of past seasons it really wasn’t that bad.

To be perfectly honest, in other years his performance would have been no worse than middle of the road.  That’s a testament to just how talented this year’s cast is and because of that you really have to feel for him.  He’s a great guy but it just didn’t seem to come out with the game on the line.

Josh was back home in South Florida today when I caught him between slinging sushi and jamming with his band Fell on Deaf Ears.

How did you occupy your time after elimination?

I spent the remaining time just venturing out into Brooklyn and Manhattan.   I have family that live in the city so I took advantage to spend as much time with them as possible, my nephews and my sister.

Which cast members are you still friends with?

I am really tight with Emily.  And Ippy, Eric, and Christi, and Justin.  I probably speak to all them very consistently.  Especially Emily because she’s only about two and a half hours from me.  I’m a little further south close to Miami and she’s in Orlando.  We actually hooked up a couple of weeks ago and went to the Jane’s Addiction concert.

What’s the number one thing you have taken away from your experience on Food Network Star?

It was definitely an eye-opener as to what I need to concentrate on for myself as an individual.  It was a window for me having to work on my confidence and self-worth and also to make sure that I eat properly and get enough sleep.  I do not function right when I do not eat and I don’t sleep.

One thing that kind of bothered me was the constant comparisons between music and TV chef.  It’s really very, very different.  With my music I have time to rehearse, practice and I have guys that I trust behind me.  We reinforce our sound and our music.  Where this was kind of an unrealistic environment.

What’s your current project?

I am currently involved in opening up a restaurant down here in West Palm Beach it’s a contemporary Asian fusion restaurant called Fuku.  I’m also busy with my album release, you know getting it out there, getting the video out there.  Aside from those I’m just working on marketing myself as a brand.

 

To keep up with what’s happening with Josh you can visit his web site (HERE).  Be sure to check out all of the Star Season 8 Exit Interviews HERE.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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